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  • Kristine Fonseca Profile

    Has anyone had DIEP (using belly fat) breast reconstruction that can share their story of the surgery and recovery?

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    Stage 2A Patient
    about 6 years 8 answers
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    • Erin Ely Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My Mom had a double mastectomy with a DIEP flap repair on Feb 1st. It was a 10 hour surgery in all. She spent one night in ICU and the three nights on the regular floor. She has had very little pain, the six drains bothered her more than anything. She does fatigue easily but she is getting...

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      My Mom had a double mastectomy with a DIEP flap repair on Feb 1st. It was a 10 hour surgery in all. She spent one night in ICU and the three nights on the regular floor. She has had very little pain, the six drains bothered her more than anything. She does fatigue easily but she is getting stronger everyday. They did not have to use any muscle for the flap so she maintains her abdominal strength. Also, she has no lymphadema due to only two nodes removed during the sentinel node biopsy. At her fist post op visit, five of the six drains were removed. I encourage women to consider this surgery if given the option. Yes, the surgery is long, but she will look amazing and be cancer free when all is said and done. I am Han RN and have been very pleased with her healing and progress. If anyone has any questions, feel free to contact me.

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    • dorothy harder Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I havent had my reconstruction yet but I was thinking about this procedure. Because its all your own tissue. I just am hesitant cuz it seems you are getting so chopped up. But in the long run you'll have less infections or complications--so I'm told.

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  • Catherine Nodurft Profile

    Is it normal for your breasts to be sore after a mammogram?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    about 6 years 5 answers
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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Is this your first mammogram? Yes skmeti

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    • Catherine Nodurft Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Thank you, Ann Marie!

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    Typically, how much does a double mastectomy cost? I have insurance. Just trying to figure out my out of pocket. I do not plan to have reconstruction at the time of the mastectomy & I will be in the hospital overnight. Anyone have a ballpark amount?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 3 years 9 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Call around and ask....you can shp it just like buying a car. Hospitals, anaesthesiologist, all the various charges from doctors involved like pathologists all go into the cost. I never got an itemised bills even though I asked.

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      The most important part with some insurance is to make sure that you stay in their network. It can make a huge difference . check with your insurance company.

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    First, thanks to God for my successful operation. Secondly, thanks to all of you awesome women for your prayers and support. The operation went smoothly and the "on Q-painball" helped a lot. I still have it in my auxillary area.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 3 answers
    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      So glad everything went well

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Oh Jayme,

      SO happy to hear from you and the surgery went well! This is one huge hurdle toward beating this disease. We are always here for you and again so happy to read your post. Healing hugs and prayers, take care, Sharon

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  • Sharaya Staley Profile

    Can you get pregnant while taking tamoxifen?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 62 answers
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    • Amanda Herbert Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You need help to get pregnant? contact Dr Odia spell temple on this email (pregnancysolutionhome@gmail.com) or skype with him directly on his Skype ID: kelly.white725, I am Stacy Maria from USA, I have been trying for 10 years to get pregnant and needed help! i have Been going to the doctors but...

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      You need help to get pregnant? contact Dr Odia spell temple on this email (pregnancysolutionhome@gmail.com) or skype with him directly on his Skype ID: kelly.white725, I am Stacy Maria from USA, I have been trying for 10 years to get pregnant and needed help! i have Been going to the doctors but still nothing. the doctor said me and my husband are fine , I don’t know where else to turn. until one day my friend Amanda introduce me to this great spell caster who helped her to get back her lost husband back with love spell and also made her pregnant, So I decided to contact this spell caster Dr Odia on his email (pregnancysolutionhome@gmail.com) after interaction with him he instructed me on what to do, after then i had sex with the man I love most in this world, within the next one months i went for a check up and my doctor confirmed that i am 4weeks pregnant am so happy !!!!! if you also need help to get pregnant or need your ex back please contact his email address: (pregnancysolutionhome@gmail.com) he did it for me and he can also solve your problem too

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    • Roseline Alex Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      i just want to give thanks to my spiritual mother who help me and is been a year now when you help me conceive my son micheal and save my marriage, i was married for without conceiving until the issue resolved to problem in my marriage which about to be broken until iya basira help with her...

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      i just want to give thanks to my spiritual mother who help me and is been a year now when you help me conceive my son micheal and save my marriage, i was married for without conceiving until the issue resolved to problem in my marriage which about to be broken until iya basira help with her spiritual powers, i was really worried and bothered because i don't want to loose my husband to another woman. i have went to hospital, the doctor told me that i can't get pregnant again due to my last abortion. i thought have lost my husband already and i have lost hope and faith until one day that a very good friend of mine introduce me to native iya basira of the i contacted her. she did spiritual prayers and bless me with the fruit of the womb a try which make me to be happy today. now i have giving birth to healthy boy. and my husband now love me more than before. so that's while i am here to share the good work of native woman to help my family, i pray that my God will reward you for all that you have done for me for bringing smile to my face once again.here is her contact for anybody who need her help also nativeiyabasira@yahoo.com

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    Does a port hurt? I got mine today and it really hurts!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 8 answers
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    • Cathy Wadkins Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had a port put in,it will get better, when you are through with treatments completely then you can have it removed.

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    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The pain will go away. My port hurt for a day or two. I tried to take one percocet, but i had terrible side effects. Tylenol helped to take some of the discomfort away. My biggest problem was sleeping. It took a while for me to be able to sleep on the side with my port. Over time, it did get...

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      The pain will go away. My port hurt for a day or two. I tried to take one percocet, but i had terrible side effects. Tylenol helped to take some of the discomfort away. My biggest problem was sleeping. It took a while for me to be able to sleep on the side with my port. Over time, it did get easier. I dont know if it was a coincidence, but as soon as I had my first chemo treatment, my port felt so much better. I've had my port in for about 9 months, and it's a part of me, I forget it's even there! I will be happy though when I can get it removed! Good luck to you!

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  • sarah coleman Profile

    I am having pain in my left breast located at my nipple and the nipple is pulling in, should I be worried?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 8 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Sarah, I'll say a prayer for you. Please let us know how you are. There's a great group of caring ladies on here & we'll be here for you anytime!!!

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Yes Sarah....please schedule a Dr. Appt ASAP!! I was also having pain in my right breast and my nipple was slightly inverted. Those can be symptoms of breast cancer. Don't put off going. Sharon is right. MRIs pick up on what mammograms miss. My mammogram missed seeing my cancer. I was diagnosed...

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      Yes Sarah....please schedule a Dr. Appt ASAP!! I was also having pain in my right breast and my nipple was slightly inverted. Those can be symptoms of breast cancer. Don't put off going. Sharon is right. MRIs pick up on what mammograms miss. My mammogram missed seeing my cancer. I was diagnosed with stage 3C invasive Ductal carcinoma. Please get checked & let us know how you are.

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  • Bonnie Irwin Profile

    Does anyone work while on chemo? I'll be on cyclophosphamide with adriamycin for 4 doses every two weeks, then taxol for 4 doses. My work is one hour commute. My 12 week FML will be up in May.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 15 answers
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    • Wendy DeLong Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I just finished my 4th and last A/C. I have continued to work. Each treatment I have has hit me harder with cumulative effects. I have missed 10 to 12 hours a week. I do treatments on Thursday so I have the weekend to recoup. I work but it's hard. I'm tired and weak. I just do nothing when I...

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      I just finished my 4th and last A/C. I have continued to work. Each treatment I have has hit me harder with cumulative effects. I have missed 10 to 12 hours a week. I do treatments on Thursday so I have the weekend to recoup. I work but it's hard. I'm tired and weak. I just do nothing when I get home. I'm blessed I'm not sick/vomiting! I start 12 weeks of taxol on April 12. These are weekly. I plan to work as many hours as I can for the duration of treatments. Good luck!

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Bonnie. I began chemo in May of last year. I was on the exact same chemo meds as you my first go 'round. Four A/C then four dose dense Taxol. Every woman is different in their side effects etc. My job is very physically demanding & requires me to stand on my feet all day. At first I would work...

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      Hi Bonnie. I began chemo in May of last year. I was on the exact same chemo meds as you my first go 'round. Four A/C then four dose dense Taxol. Every woman is different in their side effects etc. My job is very physically demanding & requires me to stand on my feet all day. At first I would work the first 3 days of the week then take off for chemo and rest until the following Monday. I did this from my first treatment on May 30th to July 1st. I used FMLA in the beginning as well. I used the sick days I had accumulated during that time period (which weren't very many). I wanted to work as long as possible but I just became too tired and needed to take off for my own well being. Fortunately I had a long term disability plan through my employer that allowed me to take up to a year off on medical leave & I receive about half of my salary while I'm off. I feel so blessed to have it because my treatments have been longer than I thought in the beginning. I just finished my last radiation treatment on Tuesday and I hope to return to work next month. I would check with your human resource dept if you haven't done so already & see what all your options are. Also if you decide to take off for awhile...The American Cancer Society is an awesome source of all kinds of info and resources that can help you if needed. Hugs, Diana

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    Can we donate blood if we had chemo and radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 13 answers
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    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My oncologist said I could never donate blood because I had chemo

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    • Nancy Snowden Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was told no by my local blood bank. I had radiation and was told I had to wait five years.

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  • Leann Moeller Profile

    I hear you can't have blood drawn or shots in the arms after a mastectomy. Is that true? If so, what do you to to have blood drawn and any shots like a flu shot? I'm having a double mastectomy in mid- May so I'm worried about this. Please help.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 4 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      You're welcome Leann. I enjoy helping when I can. Thank so much for the nice compliment. :). I remember when I was newly diagnosed. I was so scared & it helped me tremendously by talking to other women who had been in my shoes. :). I've come a long way and certainly didn't do it alone. :)...

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      You're welcome Leann. I enjoy helping when I can. Thank so much for the nice compliment. :). I remember when I was newly diagnosed. I was so scared & it helped me tremendously by talking to other women who had been in my shoes. :). I've come a long way and certainly didn't do it alone. :) Yes, you're more than welcome to e-mail me at luvshermusic47@gmail.com. And/or Facebook as well.

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Leann...that's only if you have lymph nodes removed. For instance...I had a double mastectomy last Oct. They only removed lymph nodes from my right side. Due to this, I can't have my blood pressure taken, blood drawn etc. on my right arm. However i can have these procedures done on my left...

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      Hi Leann...that's only if you have lymph nodes removed. For instance...I had a double mastectomy last Oct. They only removed lymph nodes from my right side. Due to this, I can't have my blood pressure taken, blood drawn etc. on my right arm. However i can have these procedures done on my left arm. This is to decrease the risk of you having lymphedema. There is no cure for lymphedema but you can do things to try & prevent it such as the things I mentioned, & many other things. :)

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  • Catherine Nodurft Profile

    Is there an expected phase of depression after a lumpectomy or mastectomy? During or after chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    about 7 years 14 answers
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    • sandy glisman Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I'm only four weeks out of surgery but i already know i will never be the same. Not physically or emotionally!! It forever changes you but not all bad. Alot of wonderful things have come from this!! I have learned to be more patient, not sweat the small things, appreciate things i took for...

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      I'm only four weeks out of surgery but i already know i will never be the same. Not physically or emotionally!! It forever changes you but not all bad. Alot of wonderful things have come from this!! I have learned to be more patient, not sweat the small things, appreciate things i took for granted, found kindness where i never knew it existed, and met amazing courageous ladies, like all of you!! I get depressed, but i try to focus on the good things that have happened. We just all have to find and accept our new "normal" We can do it, with each others help!!! Us pink ladies ROCK!!! Stay strong and focused!!

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    • Lisa Cefaratti Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      I am a BC survivor. Diagnosed in August of 2009. Had single total mastectomy followed by 4 rounds of chemo. As I was going through everything I was sort-of in a holding pattern. Just doing everything day by day as I needed to, but once the chemo was finished I felt this overwhelming sense of...

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      I am a BC survivor. Diagnosed in August of 2009. Had single total mastectomy followed by 4 rounds of chemo. As I was going through everything I was sort-of in a holding pattern. Just doing everything day by day as I needed to, but once the chemo was finished I felt this overwhelming sense of depression. I felt lost, left at the side of the road. There were no more treatment appointments, doctor's appointments went to every 3 months then every 6, and I really felt like...ok, it's time for me to pick up the pieces now. But I didn't know how. I didn't know how to feel, what to feel, or what to do for that matter. On top of all that, my body decided that it was time to launch me into menopause. Now, almost 2 years later, the depression has pretty much subsided, thanks to taking walks with my dogs. I do have a very bad case of extreme exhaustion, which has been very challenging. I can sleep from 10pm until 4 or 5pm the next day sometimes. I find I have to force myself to get up, and even then, my legs feel like they are lead. I am back to work part-time, and it is getting a little easier as time goes on. I found that most of my depression came from guilt. I felt that I should be able to bounce right back into my life. I don't think after breast cancer you ever bounce back into your life. For me, anyway, it's a somewhat "different" life. You look at things differently, you will notice that many things don't matter anymore...little things, that shouldn't have mattered before. You will also see people in a different light. I noticed the triteness in many people. People who take their lives for granted, and are focused on what they have and are going to get, rather than if they are kind to other people, and accepting of other's mistakes. Anyways, I digress. I guess in a nutshell, you very well may experience depression, but there are a whole lot of other emotions you will also experience. Just learn to take the bad with the good, and know that it WILL get better! Good luck to all you women who have yet to start on this journey. It really is a journey of the body, mind, and spirit. So, be good to all of them, because this journey really never ends...you will always be a survivor!

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    My oncology nurse told me I shouldn't kiss my husband for 3 days following my chemo. Is this normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    about 6 years 5 answers
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    • Christina Archambault Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      I was told the same thing ! Also to close the toilet seat when flushing . It is because they have no positive facts yet but they think our chemo can go into some one else by kissing or if someone wAs to sit on our pee. Also use a condom of your having sex within 3 days of chemo .

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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I'm not familiar with this, but it's probably not a bad idea. "Swapping spit" can subject you to possible infection, and your white blood cell count drops after chemo. So kiss him/her on the cheek and wait the three days, would be my suggestion!

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    I am going in for a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy. Could anyone please tell me about the pain involved and the experience of the whole procedure?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    almost 6 years 9 answers
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    • P C Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 0 Patient

      Hi, I had a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy on Sep 29, 2011. My surgery went great, wide clear margins and both nodes they removed were negative. About two weeks following that, I developed some seromas in my breast at the surgery site and at the area just below node removal. My surgeon...

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      Hi, I had a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy on Sep 29, 2011. My surgery went great, wide clear margins and both nodes they removed were negative. About two weeks following that, I developed some seromas in my breast at the surgery site and at the area just below node removal. My surgeon drained the one below the node removal only one. He gave me pain medication to he me through that. About a month later, I had external pinpointed beam radiation for only 7 days, twice a day. It was not bad at all. I did have, and still do have what mu radiation oncologist calls zingers. They are very sharp pains, which have almost gone away. My seromas are completely gone. I have intermittent swelling on my right breast, which they say is normal. It also is less and less as time passes. Right now, I am taking Tamoxifen and Effexor. I am feeling so much better, but still not totally back to feeling as I did before my DCIS surgery, but I will get there. I had my 6 month mammogram and it was all good, only showed scar tissue from surgery and radiation. every so often, I have a bit of nausea, but I have found that if I drink ginger ale, it really helps. I have a prescription for Compazine, but have only had to use it twice. I had a little nausea and fainting incident a few months ago, but it all worked out. I fell pretty hard and had to have some metal stitches in my head, and a few days I the hospital to make sure it was nothing more Eros causing me to faint. All in all, it is goin good for me. My whole procedure was eventful, but not a bad thing. It is best to educate yourself on your contusion, mine was DCIS, stage 0 , clear margins, neg sentinel nodes, but positive estrogen and progesterone receptors. This is the reason for Tamoxifen. The Effexor was to counteract the hot flashes and it has really helped me feel better and speed up recovery. If you understand you care for your cancer plus a good support network, things, or me anyway, go muc smoother.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      We are unique individuals and can have a range of reactions to any procedure. I was on the "good" end of everything. I did not seem to have much discomfort with anything. My perception of discomfort to the sentinel node mapping was no more than pinching. The tech told me I would feel that......

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      We are unique individuals and can have a range of reactions to any procedure. I was on the "good" end of everything. I did not seem to have much discomfort with anything. My perception of discomfort to the sentinel node mapping was no more than pinching. The tech told me I would feel that... which I did but it was nothing significant to me. I had 5 sentinal nodes removed. I had a mastectomy, I took no pain medication afterwards. I was up and around within 3 days. We all seem to have a fear or fears of what is about to happen. My big fear was the anesthesia. Since I was so afraid of it, I "interviewed" anesthesiologists and got recommendations. I think I was just SO HAPPY to wake up, the rest of the post-op stuff was nothing. We all have different pain tolerance. Mine, is obviously, on the high side. I would never say to a woman "Oh, it's nothing" because it isn't. There are a lot of mental images that go through every woman's mind. There may be some unexpected post-op problems that come up which you can't be prepared for. The other thought that went through my mind as I was approaching the surgery.... this was something I had to so to save my life. I developed a positive let's-get-going attitude and marched right into it. Sometimes bravery comes from acting that way. I became brave by --pretending-- to be brave. I wish you the very best and hope you have as easy a time as I did. I had a young woman surgeon who specialised in breast surgery. I had utmost confidence in her and my young woman anesthesiologist. I was not disappointed. Blessings to you in your journey. Take care, Sharon

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  • Mary Denoble Profile

    Did anyone try false eyelashes during chemo ?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years 12 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I didn't lose mine till after I was done. They did grow right back in. But yes. It was time consuming as I was not very good at it. Took a lot of practice. I eventually said "forget this" and started using the extending mascara from loreal. Prayers to you.

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I didn't even try. If I had anything special diring that time I would have given it a whirl or gone to a make up person.

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  • laura blevins Profile

    Do tissue expanders become more painful with each fill? I had my third fill last Monday and this has been the most painful one yet? I had the same amount of saline put in as always. I'm just wondering if I'm getting close to the max on my expansion.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 9 answers
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    • Linda Williams Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I haven't had mine filled yet, about another week before we start but my oncologist told me yesterday that when we do start to make sure I have some pain pills either from my surgeon or them, but that each time it would be a little more painful but that it should only last a day or two

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Oh Laura, I didn't have any reconstruction but have heard the expanders are just plain painful. It stands to reason, the more they are expanded, the more they hurt. You will soon be done with that and have a new "ta-ta" (or ta-ta's). I'd call the office and see if you can get some additional...

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      Oh Laura, I didn't have any reconstruction but have heard the expanders are just plain painful. It stands to reason, the more they are expanded, the more they hurt. You will soon be done with that and have a new "ta-ta" (or ta-ta's). I'd call the office and see if you can get some additional pain medication. Take care, Sharon

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  • janice owens Profile

    My tumor was 2.3 cm labeled invasive ductal carcinoma. I don't have the rest of the data yet (like ER PR, etc) ,but would like to talk with others who have had similar biopsy results. I have not had lymph node mapping yet.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 5 years 12 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      My diagnoses was/is invasive lobular stage 3 estrogen - nodes. You can beat cancer.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Janice,
      We share the same diagnosis.... same size tumor, same type of breast cancer. I also had one micro involvment of a lymph node. They kept telling me I did not have cancer in any of my lymph nodes... until the surgical path report came through. I then went from a stage 2A to a 2B. I am...

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      Janice,
      We share the same diagnosis.... same size tumor, same type of breast cancer. I also had one micro involvment of a lymph node. They kept telling me I did not have cancer in any of my lymph nodes... until the surgical path report came through. I then went from a stage 2A to a 2B. I am at the 5 year mark.... healthy and cancer free. I was ER+ PR+ Her2-. Grade 2-3 I chose to have a mastectomy, and chose not to have reconstruction.
      I could have had a lumpectomy. With a lumpectomy, I would have had to not only have chemo but 6 weeks of radiation. I did not want to have to make trips into the city for 6 weeks. (we live on an island and a trip includes a ferry ride) My breasts were small so a lumpectomy would have made my breast look like I had tangled with a great white shark. NOT attractive. I had 4 rounds of AC chemo. and 5 years of a hormone blocking drug. I was post menopausal (59) at the time of diagnosis. No family history of breast cancer. I had dense breast tissue and I had a mammogram and ultrasound 7 months before I found the lump. I was in total shock.
      You have been diagnosed with the most common form of breast cancer. We are very sorry you have joined our sisterhood, but this is a wonderful forum. We will help you by sharing our experiences with you. Don't be shy about asking anything. So sorry you were diagnosed but PLEASE understand, breast cancer is not a death sentence. Please don't go to the dark side and ask "What are my chances?" (winning the lottery? having all your teeth drop out the night before Thanksgiving?) We don't have expiration dates stamped on us! You will be scared at first, but we are here to help prop you up through the diagnosis time and throughout your treatment. The more you find out about your diagnosis and your treatment, you DO find some comfort in knowing what is going to take place. You WILL become such a warrior and march your way right through getting rid of this nasty, sneaky, disease. Hang in there, we are here for every one of our sisters. Take care, Sharon

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  • Melissa Propp Profile

    I just had my 5th chemo out of 6 four days ago and can't seem to bounce back. I know it gets harder after each one but this is ridiculous. Any suggestions?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 13 answers
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    • Betty Castillo Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      So sorry to hear you are having a hard time. I am a 24 yo from So Cal and I just finished 6 cycles myself, and let me tell you it was the worst time of my life. It is not easy, but you can get through it! Unfortunately, there is nothing else you can do than keep a positive attitude. Sometimes I...

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      So sorry to hear you are having a hard time. I am a 24 yo from So Cal and I just finished 6 cycles myself, and let me tell you it was the worst time of my life. It is not easy, but you can get through it! Unfortunately, there is nothing else you can do than keep a positive attitude. Sometimes I look back and can't believe that I have just gone through this. I respect and admire you along with all the other women that go through this treatment. You need to remind yourself that you are extremely strong and that you serve as an inspiration to all the women who are at the beginning of their journey. Love, your BC sister.

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    • Linda Burke Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Melissa , this is exactly what happened to me at the exact same time It took me almost 10 days to begin to bounce back and usually in the past it was 4 to 5 days. It makes me nervous for number 6 but I keep telling myself it's my last. My Onc says this is perfectly normal. Please don't be so...

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      Melissa , this is exactly what happened to me at the exact same time It took me almost 10 days to begin to bounce back and usually in the past it was 4 to 5 days. It makes me nervous for number 6 but I keep telling myself it's my last. My Onc says this is perfectly normal. Please don't be so hard on yourself and take all the time you need. We are in the fight of our lives and our body needs time to refuel.

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    i have been following Amy Robach and i find it strange she still has all of her hair after 3 treatments on her way to the 4th? makes it look as if its easy and its not. i think we all lost ours by second treatment right?

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    Patient
    about 4 years 23 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      It really bugs me to watch how her hair is still there since December 2013 treatments. Its been 2 1/2 months and unless she glues her wig onto her scalp , I do believe she still has her hair and that bugs me. The hair around her ears is attached to her scalp and wigs are not like that. Within a...

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      It really bugs me to watch how her hair is still there since December 2013 treatments. Its been 2 1/2 months and unless she glues her wig onto her scalp , I do believe she still has her hair and that bugs me. The hair around her ears is attached to her scalp and wigs are not like that. Within a month the hair is falling out at an unbelievable rate that you must buzz it off. Its the most devastating feeling. Interested in seeing if it changes.

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      anonymous
      Stage 3C Patient

      My wig looked so good nobody could tell it was a wig. So many people never knew I had BC. Now that I have curly short post chemo hair people don't recognize me ;) Could be the same for her.

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    My mom is going through her chemotherapy still but she won't eat. She says she's not hungry. Is this related to the chemotherapy? She's down to 82lbs. Is there something we can do?

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    over 6 years 6 answers
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    • Betsy Chapin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      My biggest hurdle with chemotherapy was eating. Over the course of 6 cycles, I lost 30 lbs. I had no appetite and most food tasted horrible, even water. When I found something I could eat I stocked up on it because I knew I had to force down anything i could to stay healthy. For me, that was...

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      My biggest hurdle with chemotherapy was eating. Over the course of 6 cycles, I lost 30 lbs. I had no appetite and most food tasted horrible, even water. When I found something I could eat I stocked up on it because I knew I had to force down anything i could to stay healthy. For me, that was creamed based soup such as chowders, bisques, and squash/pumpkin soup. Crackers and toast at times also tasted ok. Normally I am a coffee/chocolate lover. Both these made me sick. I found, especially as chemotherapy progressed, it became more difficult to eat. I could not prepare food or be around when my family was eating as the smell of it upset my stomach. If your mom can find just anything that she can "stomach" then that will help her. Just understand it is common and allow your mom time to experiment with foods that she get down.

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    • Debbie Fritz Forsythe Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      WHEN I WENT THRU CHEMO, NOTHING SMELT GOOD OR TASTED GOOD. I TOLD MY DR. AND HE PRESCIBED ME ,I WISH I REMEBER THE NAME, BUT IT WAS A MILKY WHITE LIQUID, YES IT HAD A STEIROD IN IT ,BUT I GAINED 30LBS........... THE THING THAT GOT ME THRU WAS ROAST BEEF FROM THE DELI AT YOUR STORE!!!!! MY DR....

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      WHEN I WENT THRU CHEMO, NOTHING SMELT GOOD OR TASTED GOOD. I TOLD MY DR. AND HE PRESCIBED ME ,I WISH I REMEBER THE NAME, BUT IT WAS A MILKY WHITE LIQUID, YES IT HAD A STEIROD IN IT ,BUT I GAINED 30LBS........... THE THING THAT GOT ME THRU WAS ROAST BEEF FROM THE DELI AT YOUR STORE!!!!! MY DR. SAID TO EAT ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING AND WORRY ABOUT YOUR FIGURE LATER..... GOOD LUCK MY SISTER ...........

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  • Jennifer Jones Profile

    I am having a left breast mastectomy on Thursday. Is there anything I need to know about what to bring to the hospital and what clothes to wear home after it? Anything else that will help me would be great.

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 5 years 7 answers
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    • Roxann C Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I just got out of the hospital 5 weeks ago with my double mastectomy. These things helped me. You won't be able to shower for a few days until your drains come out whether you or at the hospital or at home. You may want to buy:
      1) dry shampoo for your hair
      2) baby wipes to wipe your body
      3) tops...

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      I just got out of the hospital 5 weeks ago with my double mastectomy. These things helped me. You won't be able to shower for a few days until your drains come out whether you or at the hospital or at home. You may want to buy:
      1) dry shampoo for your hair
      2) baby wipes to wipe your body
      3) tops with front buttons, you will not be able to lift your arm
      4) you may want to go to a mastectomy product store and purchase an Amoena Hannah camisole. Its a special post op bra that holds the drains. Google it so you can see the picture. The bra they give you in the hospital is horrible and has velocro on it. Insurance and Medicaid will pay for the bra. You may want to buy 2. One to wash and the other to wear. You will wear this bra for 3-5 weeks post op.
      5) an item that give you comfort sort of a "security blanket" but can be anything.
      6) You may also want to go to the mastectomy product store and have a custom nipple prosthesis made. It will be a nipple that looks as close as possible to your other breast.

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    • celien thorne Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I had a Right side mastectomy w 4 lymph nodes removed , , the bra they give is tight n packed w gauze so it reduces swelling n u have to sleep in it , the drains are the gross part but that's temp , use lots of pillows to prop u up n get comfy . I wore yoga pants n loose top. It will b awkward...

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      I had a Right side mastectomy w 4 lymph nodes removed , , the bra they give is tight n packed w gauze so it reduces swelling n u have to sleep in it , the drains are the gross part but that's temp , use lots of pillows to prop u up n get comfy . I wore yoga pants n loose top. It will b awkward the first few days but it does pass ! You can do it ! Take care !

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  • kim c Profile

    What kind of lotion should I use during radiation treatment? I bought lubriderm but is says cetyl alcohol is one of the ingredients.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 5 years 12 answers
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    • Anne Thompson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I had received an aloe plant from my sister. Definitely the best! Just snip a piece off and rub it I daily as often as needed. All natural. It worked great!

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Look at lindiskin soothing balm everything else gave me a rash.

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    Can you get breast cancer when your 17? I have weird lumps in both my breasts. One behind my nipple the other further back and to the right they both feel solid Is it just paranoia or do I tell my parents and set up an appt

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 10 answers
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    • cindy stephenson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Tell your parents and get things checked out. Cancer doesn't discriminate so you need to be sure everything is ok.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      PLEASE share your fears with your parents. You need to be checked for your own piece of mind. As you are being checked, your doctor can discuss and instruct you how to do Breast Self Checks. Do not continue to try to live with this fear, have your Mom make an appointment for you. It will make...

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      PLEASE share your fears with your parents. You need to be checked for your own piece of mind. As you are being checked, your doctor can discuss and instruct you how to do Breast Self Checks. Do not continue to try to live with this fear, have your Mom make an appointment for you. It will make you feel a whole lot better. The fear of the unknown is almost worse than a disease. The vast majority of the lumps we find are not cancer. Our imaginations can paint a very terrifying picture and you should not be stuck there. Big hugs, and take care, Sharon

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  • Tonia Frederick Profile

    Will I survive this aggressive stage 3 breast cancer? It has spread into my lymph nodes and it's triple negative. I'm 39yrs old!!

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    Stage 3B Patient
    almost 5 years 18 answers
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    • Stephanie S Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      I believe you can! Just like I believe I can and will beat my own stage 3 with lymph node involvement triple negative bc as well!! I try not to focus on stage and so on, and just focus all my energy on being positive and getting better. Your still young, as am I (25) and I believe still very...

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      I believe you can! Just like I believe I can and will beat my own stage 3 with lymph node involvement triple negative bc as well!! I try not to focus on stage and so on, and just focus all my energy on being positive and getting better. Your still young, as am I (25) and I believe still very strong and able to fight this horrible disease. Stay strong!!! <3

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      Greetings Tonia although I was 52 years old when diagnosed with TNBC Stage 2 Grade 3 and no lymph nodes involvement . Thanks to an awesome medical team and aggressive treatment which consisted of a lumpmectomy , 16 rounds of chemo, 25 radiation treatments, faith in God, love, support from family...

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      Greetings Tonia although I was 52 years old when diagnosed with TNBC Stage 2 Grade 3 and no lymph nodes involvement . Thanks to an awesome medical team and aggressive treatment which consisted of a lumpmectomy , 16 rounds of chemo, 25 radiation treatments, faith in God, love, support from family and friends and a positive mind that BC was not going to destroy or control me I remain cancer FREE 6 years and 9 months later. I also had a 32 year old niece that was diagnosed with TNBC Stage 2 and 4 of her nodes tested positive with cancer she too had an aggressive treatment and remains cancer free 3 years later. You too will be a survivor and sharing your testimony with other women for years to come. Stay encouraged and know that this to shall pass.
      Love and Blessings My Dear Sister!!!

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  • Jonna Diaz Profile

    I am starting AC chemo this Thursday. How do you feel during the administration of the chemo? Does it make you feel strange or does it burn or anything? I'm pretty anxious about it.

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    Stage 3A Patient
    almost 6 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Hi Jonna, so sorry you joined the club. I too, had 4 rounds of AC and felt nothing while it was being administered. They put something in my recipe that always made me take a nap. The infusion room is a place you thought would be sad and depressing. I was never in there when it wasn't...

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      Hi Jonna, so sorry you joined the club. I too, had 4 rounds of AC and felt nothing while it was being administered. They put something in my recipe that always made me take a nap. The infusion room is a place you thought would be sad and depressing. I was never in there when it wasn't somewhat of a party atmosphere. Always goodies to eat, and we were --all in the trenches-- together so there was a very funny.... "gallows" type of humor. I never dreaded my treatments because the sooner I completed then the sooner, I would get back to my real life. My hair started to drop out 2 weeks after my first treatment. I shaved my head with my horse clippers! My taste changed.... my favorite stuff... coffee and chocolate really tasted awful. I was NEVER nauseated. I felt like I had the flu.... achey 3 to 4 days after the treatment. After about the 8th day, I started feeling better and my life return to good. I had treatments every 3 weeks. All in all, it was just a process I had to go through. I stayed very positive and laughed.... a lot. You stand up to it, and march through the process. I can't predict how you are going to feel because we are all different. You WILL feel tired and you will have less energy but this will all pass. Be an advocate for yourself. If something doesn't seem right QUESTION IT!!!! I was always polite, never cranky with the staff BUT.... if I had a question, it better get answered. Hang in there.... you WILL get through this. We are all sisters in this crazy way. Please keep in touch with us.... we really want to help you through this. Take care, Sharon

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    • Lisa W Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Hi Joanna! I started my first chemo April 6 of this yr. it's hard to believe I have already completed 10! I did 4 treatments of the AC ( every other wk) then started the T (taxol) portion, which I have completed 6. I have 6 more to go. I'm on weekly treatments on T. ...... As for how it feels....

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      Hi Joanna! I started my first chemo April 6 of this yr. it's hard to believe I have already completed 10! I did 4 treatments of the AC ( every other wk) then started the T (taxol) portion, which I have completed 6. I have 6 more to go. I'm on weekly treatments on T. ...... As for how it feels. What I have found on this board is that everyone is different...so my experience might be how u will feel......I have a "port" which I use a cream an hr before treatment. Helps numb the area. Then when Im at the hospital for chemo, I still have them use the cooking spray. Lol! Yes, just in case. ;) it's very quick and I don't feel it when the insert my IV. ;) my nurse then starts my pre-meds. It's about 4 bags of IV meds( benedryl, atavan, pepcid, anti-nausea med) then the A (red bag) then the C (clear). All of which for me were done through my IV. I did geek sleepy once my benedryl was given. my process was about 4hrs total once I got into my chair. I was so anxious my first time I thought I was going to pass out. But, I did fine and now I look "forward" to going. Only because I can say YES! I'm 1 more closer to being done. ;) I will say...drink lots while u are there, yes, the "red" chemo "A" does make u pee red. I drank so much while I was there I was also peeing alot too. Lol! When I was done w:treatment, I also had the nuelasta shot the day after. My dr suggested taking Claritin to help w/any bone pain I might have. I did, just as a precaution and did well. I won't go into side effects- as everyone is different. Ive been extremely lucky- I'm doing well. Staying positive really helps! Well...all in all...take each treatment 1 at a time. Listen to your body. You will have good and bad days. That's okay. I wish you the best! Keep fighting like girl...prayers and hugs to you my sister!!!! ;/)

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  • CB White Profile

    How do they determine if you need chemo after a mastectomy? I had a double and my sentinel node was benign, but I still have to see a medical oncologist.....am I not cancer-free after all this???

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    about 5 years 6 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      the med onc will help with that decision. Treatment is very individualized today. It will depend on your type of cancer, stage, and if you hormone + or - . I was stage 3 ILC er/pr+ with clear nodes I had 6 rounds of taxotere/Cytoxan, 35 radiation treatments, and now 5 years of tamoxifen. They are...

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      the med onc will help with that decision. Treatment is very individualized today. It will depend on your type of cancer, stage, and if you hormone + or - . I was stage 3 ILC er/pr+ with clear nodes I had 6 rounds of taxotere/Cytoxan, 35 radiation treatments, and now 5 years of tamoxifen. They are already saying 10 years of tamoxifen is possible. You will find everyone here has a different experience. I took everything they suggested for treatment others have turned down some or maybe all. It is truly a very personal decision but it is important to meet the med onc and see what the treatment plan is. If you still have questions about the validity of the plan get another opinion. I know it all sounds very overwhelming take someone with you to see the onc. I took my husband he asked as many questions as I did and he took great notes while I was emptying a box of Kleenex. I went home and processed the information with a bottle of wine and a box of Kleenex then saw another onc and he suggested the same course of action. God Bless your journey

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      CB, Marianne is right about the type, and having the oncotype test. Not everyone has to have chemo, but look at it like this.......... If cancer was a bar of chocolate, and you put in in a pot of warm water (your body), then scoop the bar out (surgery). You can still have 'residue' (cancer cells)...

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      CB, Marianne is right about the type, and having the oncotype test. Not everyone has to have chemo, but look at it like this.......... If cancer was a bar of chocolate, and you put in in a pot of warm water (your body), then scoop the bar out (surgery). You can still have 'residue' (cancer cells) in the water. Chemo is the Dawn dish soap that's gonna get rid of it all ;) Now, if your Her2 positive, I've got an explanation for needing herceptin if you want to hear that one too. Prayers to you.

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